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On the Poetry Talent with Alice Notley

Award-winning and prolific poet Alice Notley leads an autobiographically-inspired discussion of the poetry talent – its rarity, mystery, and importance in the education and nurture of poets.

The Art of George Schneeman: Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading

A panel discussion and reading in conjunction with the exhibition “A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman,” the first major retrospective of the artist's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books

Opening Reception: A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

“A Painter and His Poets” is the first major retrospective show of George Schneeman's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, with portraits of his poet friends, spanning 40 years. "A sort of utopia in the visual field filled with pleasure, quickness and wit" is how Schneeman himself described his collaborative work with poets, an idealized world inhabited by the figures in his portraits of them, as well.

Sleep That Sacred Flower: A Healing Retreat at Poets House

I have found no cure
                    for the sick
                                      but this crooked flower

which only to look upon
                    all men
                                      are cured. This

is that flower
                    for which all men
                                      sing secretly their hymns

of praise. This
                    is that sacred
                                      flower!
- from "The Yellow Flower," William Carlos Williams

Inside Form, Outside Elements: Brenda Hillman on Craft

For several decades, Brenda Hillman has been exploring poetic form and perception in her tetralogy on the classical elements-- earth, air, water, fire. She discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.

Passwords: Tom Sleigh on Seamus Heaney

On the eve of what would have been the beloved Irish poet and translator’s 75th birthday, poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s (1939-2013) masterful poems, exploring and celebrating Heaney’s humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.

On the Edge with Edwin Torres

A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres leads an exploration of the tools poets use to extend past the seeming edges of language and to articulate the rich “between” spaces – between sound and definition, body and nation – that drive our poetry in hidden, powerful ways.

Secrets on the Way: Dance Inspired by the Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer

In this landmark piece choreographed by Kathryn Roszak and performed by Danse Lumière, a company recognized for adapting great works of literature to the stage through the fusion of dance, music, and theater, dancers echo Tranströmer’s unique collages of everyday narrative, interrupted by flashes of strong emotion and penetrated by a palpable sense of the world’s beauty.

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